Pianist Karl Nerenberg
Sunday’s jam session with Stay Tuned/Restez-à-l'écoute attracted a bigger crowd than March's inaugural effort, so the word is spreading. Hosted by Janet Hofstetter, the band featured with Carl Daniel, trumpet, Edwin Gans, alto saxophone, Tim Healy, electric bass, guitar, vocals, Karl Nerenberg, piano and Tim Leah on drums. Special thanks go to Robin Davies who, with help from volunteers, set up and managed the sound system.
Trumpeter and composer Clifford Brown
And then comes Thursday
Right after the Sunday jam, the third Thursday of the month rolls around and modesty does not forbid me from mentioning that I am involved in the host band. This one is called the Clifford Brown Project and features John Haysom and myself on trumpets. Each of us switches to valve trombone from time to time. Tim Murray is on piano, Adrian Steeves on bass and Scott Warren on drums.
Ten years or so ago, I dropped by John’s house to rehearse for some gig and discovered that on the wall in his music room was a photo of Clifford Brown, the immortal trumpet player. It was the same photograph that was tacked to the wall of my cubicle at the Ottawa Citizen. John and I were members of the same fan club. Not that this is surprising: There is hardly a trumpet player in the world who is not, almost 60 years after his death, still in awe of Clifford’s sound, technique and lyricism.
As it turned out, a number of Brown compositions were in John’s book for Glebop and I played some others with the Tim Murray Quintet. So it was logical to put together a group, including Tim, to play Clifford’s compositions. We’ll play half a dozen or so of his compositions, including better-known ones like Sandu and Joy Spring, and more obscure ones, like George’s Dilemma and Larue, also the chops-busting Daahoud.
There are also some tunes associated with Clifford, such as the old Victor Young movie theme Delilah (not, mercifully, the Tom Jones one but the theme from the ’50s Biblical epic) and the Quincy Jones tune Stockholm Sweetnin’. Finally, there is the beautiful Benny Golson tribute, I Remember Clifford. We’ll do that too, with an assist from vocalist Helen Glover.
The opening set usually starts around 8:30. Hope to see you there.
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About this blog
Tune Up won't be a calendar of events — Ottawa Jazz Happenings takes care of that. But it will discuss events and issues of interest to the JazzWorks community. Journalist, author, trumpet player and a jazz camper since 1999, Charley Gordon is a former vice-president of JazzWorks.